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It's summertime, and sometimes that means that your desk is probably more cluttered than before. If you're like me, procrastination is at it's best when the heat comes rolling in, and what would be better than a nice simple craft to get some of those things back in order?

In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to make a simple "desk" organizer that can be put almost anywhere - from the bedroom, the living room to even the bathroom!

Step 1: Ingredients

What you'll need for this project:

  • Cardboard at the length and width of how long you'll want your organizer
  • A gluestick
  • tape
  • scissors
  • thin cardboard boxes
  • wrapping paper
  • a good TV show

Step 2: Shapes

Take your cardboard and determine how long and wide you'll want it. I decided that I wanted one that was long and thin, so I cut my cardboard accordingly.

Then taking some tape, tape the corners as shown in the second picture. This reduces the bulkiness that would have been there if we were to have folded in the sides.

Step 3:

Now you'll need to take those thin cardboard boxes (I have a jelly powder box, the box that held my film, and a Benadryl one), and arrange them into the cardboard box you've created. Make sure that they fit within the box and that there's a little wiggle room. The wiggle room will allow you to wrap the box and still have it fit snugly.

Once you've decided on how you'll arrange the boxes, take your scissors and snip off the top face of the box. Don't worry if the box starts to fall apart, you can always tape it back together!

Step 4: Wrap

With the boxes all taped together and structured well, you can then begin the wrap each box. But you do have two options.

The first one is to glue down the boxes and then glue pieces of the wrapping paper to cover it.

OR

Have each box wrapped and then put together again, so that you can rearrange the boxes whenever you see fit.

I decided to wrap each individually, and wrapped it like I would have a present - this is where the TV show comes in. Wrapping gets a little tedious so watch something while you're doing it :)

Step 5: OPTIONAL: Dividers

One of my boxes were too big and I decided that I wanted to make a divider that I could remove and place in whenever I wanted to have certain things a little more neatly.

To do this, you'll need to take two faces of the boxes that you've previously cut out to make the open top boxes and position them into a T, and using tape, down the sides down securely before wrapping it.

I do recommend that you have it fit snugly inside one of the boxes or else it is a bit flimsy, but this is totally optional as well!

Step 6: Tadaaa!

And voila, you have a beautiful, easy to make desk organizer to organize your desk!

There can be so many variations you can make to accommodate different areas in your house. If you're bringing it into your washroom.. say for makeup, MAKE SURE TO WATERPROOF IT BY SEALING IT. Or else it'll get all mucky.

Good luck in creating this and let me know how it goes!

<p>so cool!!!</p>
How long did it take you to wrap all the boxes?
<p>I had three little boxes, that would fit inside a bigger frame - so four total. I haven't wrapped presents in a while, but it took around 15-20 minutes?</p>
for future reference when you aren't making something edible it's materials not ingredients
<p>I've been using ingredients to describe all of my <br>materials in the instructables that I've posted. I find using materials <br>kind of boring sometimes -- and since ingredient also means a component <br>of something it's correct either way :) Thanks for commenting though!</p>
Thx luv the idea
I absolutely love this.
<p>So cute! I love the wrapping paper pattern!</p>
<p>Thanks! I love simpler wrapping paper, so this really brightened up my desk :)</p>

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